Thursday, 27 October 2016

Searching for a Bridal Gown

It's quite a major task to prepare a wedding. There is need for a Chuppah, a hall, to draw up a guest list, decide on catering, organize flowers. The list goes on. For one happy new Kallah, first on her list has been searching for the right bridal gown. I feel honoured that ours was the first Bridal Gown Gemach that she came to. Our discussion made me realize how much we need our full centre. In the meantime, we offered all that we could and it was a wonderful feeling to keep on hearing, "Oh how beautiful!" or "I LOVE this one!"

As things turn out, some of the dresses that our Kallah loved were not the right size for her. We would love to have the funds to move our bridal gowns to larger space and to have more variety of gowns and other items such as bridal veils. But, in the meantime, we had fun selecting, trying on and fitting bridal gowns and helping the Kallah to decide what style she is looking for.

It is not often that one gets to see a young lady dressed in a bridal gown looking at other bridal gowns. Such a fun, having service to be involved in.

If you are a Kallah in Israel, do be in touch to visit our Bridal Gown Gemach, located in Jerusalem. For those renting a bridal gown during the month of November, you have the potential to receive a gift towards your new home. Gifts are limited while there is stock so hurry along to rent your bridal gown.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

New Kallah visits our Bridal Gown Gemach

We had a fun time a few days ago with a Kallah in our Bridal Gown Gemach. Out of the 59 dresses that we currently have available, she found at least 6-8 to try on and out of those probably 3 or 4 that she really liked. It was so interesting to see her enjoyment with totally different styles. It was also very satisfying to see that the bridal gowns look really good on an actual bride.

Each dress had a need for certain alterations, mostly as they are long and our Kallah was short. While our Kallah is deciding which style she prefers we'd like to invite other Kallot to come and visit our Bridal Gown Gemach. There is a selection of some very different gowns, all of them modest.

For those who have a busy schedule, you can book a package with us, rent your bridal gown and while you are at it, book your Chatan and Kallah lessons and have a relaxing session or two as well. Remember to let your friends know to come in and enjoy.

We look forward to welcoming you into our Bridal Gown Gemach.

Shoshanah Shear
Chessed Ve'Emet

Sunday, 25 September 2016

7 Lessons Learned from Popcorn

7 Lessons Learned from Popcorn
by Shoshanah Shear

Every item, object, plant, animal or person has a purpose. We have the ability to take any event or item and elevate it by contemplating the lessons one can learn or what positive purpose that item has in this world. Let us take popcorn as an example. Popcorn is actually quite an amazing food product.

1) Popcorn is quite versatile, add a little salt and you have something savoury, add some sugar or sweetening and you have a sweet treat. String some thread through it or add a bit of food colouring and you can have a decorative treat too.

2) Have you noticed the wonderful variety of shapes with each popped corn? Each one is different. I am not sure if anyone has photographed popcorn and compared the shapes to the next batch, but in every pot, bowl or box of popcorn every one is unique. If we stop and think about this. Every person is unique too. More than this, there is an abundance in this world. Just look at the variety of shapes in each popcorn! To me this makes me stop and think there must be a Creator to this world. Let's look at a few more examples as to why there must be a Creator and what we can learn about our Creator.

3) Looking at popcorn, I'd say our Creator must be filled with kindness. Imagine, you can have a dried cob filled with corn that has gone hard and yet, it is not a waste! Take those hard seeds, place them in a pot with a little oil and some heat and in a short time the corn will have transformed from a hard seed that could break your teeth to something that is soft, versatile, tasty and even nutritious. It's low in calories, high in fibre and contains beneficial anti-oxidants. Isn't that great kindness to us. On top of that, everyone, from the age that they are old enough to eat it, likes popcorn.

4) Popcorn gives us hope and inspiration for our potential to grow and develop. Think about it for a bit. Popcorn undergoes a total transformation once placed in a pot with a little oil and heat. If that is the good that can come out of a few hard seeds, think about the potential for every person who is filled with far more than the hard seeds are. If we apply ourselves correctly, we too can grow, change and develop to become who we are supposed to be and give goodness and happiness to the world.

5) Popcorn is quite magical and gives excitement to others. Once again I regard this as a kindness from our Creator. Mostly popcorn is yellow. We already mentioned the transformation of shape that takes place, but popcorn changes it's colour too and becomes a fluffy white that can accept any other colour when the food colouring mentioned above is applied.

6) Popcorn is such a gift. It makes watching a movie or attending a party so much more fun. For those who love popcorn at the movies, doesn't it provide the perfect way to occupy your hands and mouth while you settle into the idea of the movie? By the time you have finished your popcorn, you are absorbed into the story-line and able to concentrate despite sitting still for a long time.

7) Personally, I think popcorn is one of those items that proves there must be a Creator. What scientist or other person would be able to come up with an item that has so much that it offers. Who would be able to make such a total transformation in terms of consistency, shape, colour, texture and to come out with variety, positive lessons and nourishment too?

Next time you enjoy your popcorn, consider all the wonderful lessons that simple popcorn offers. What a wonderful way to elevate your healthy snack and use that time for good. Let the food for thought fill you with inspiration and motivation to apply your skills to something positive and productive.


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